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The Best Jazz Band in the Triangle in 2011 & 2012 will record an album that is so awesome it will melt your face (but not literally).

Peter Lamb and The Wolves second album will be titled after the place where the band first played together, Humble Pie. Our goal is not to just record an album that sounds great (though we do want to record an album that does sound great - and we will). . . We want Humble Pie to be pleasing to the eye as well as to the ear. This will be our timestamp in history and we hope to create something that will still be interesting if picked up when we're all going to work and the store in aerocars.

This is an aerocar (just in case the Jetsons was too obscure a reference) in year 2062
This is an aerocar (just in case the Jetsons was too obscure a reference) in year 2062

Humble Pie will include some existing tunes that we have arranged in our own way as well as some originals written by various members of the band; meaning some will require us to purchase rights and some won't. Some of the recordings will be done live and others will be captured in a studio. We will be using the amazing Dave Tilley as our Recording Engineer. He recorded our first album live at Marsh Woodwinds in front of a raucous audience and it turned out to be not to shabby. :) Dave uses older microphones, electronics and recording techniques when engineering records. He prefers to mix records using an analog console and vacuum-tube electronics.This process of working manually can take longer than using a computer with digital audio software, but the results sound great and are worth the extra effort!! The digital download will be available weeks before the physical CD and could be yours! Check out our reward options. 

Dave Tilley in action
Dave Tilley in action

We will also record a 2nd bootleg bonus CD that will only be available through Kickstarter and that CD will feature really cool people who we think you'll dig: Maceo Parker (best known for his time with James Brown, Prince, Funkadelic, George Clinton, and many more), Django Haskins and Mark Simonson from The Old Ceremony, Dave Wright from the Countdown Quartet (and further back from the Squirrel Nut Zippers), Mary Boone from the NC Symphony, the Bullfrog Willard McGhee, Stephen Riley, Ed Stephenson, Paul Rogers, Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb from the Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sidecar Social Club and Bernie Petteway.

Jeff Carroll, Mastering Enginner at Bluefiled Mastering will apply the finishing touches to the recording. A life-long musician and songwriter, Jeff has been an advocate of music education, fostering community through involvement with various music-oriented projects and non-profit organizations. He has been a featured panelist at several audio and music industry conferences. He is a voting member of the the Audio Engineering Society and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys).

We wanted our second album to not only preserve our music, the music of Peter Lamb and The Wolves, but to preserve the voices, sounds, photos and artwork from the people who add art to our world. They will help this to be a truly unique album. The photography will be shot by the increasingly in demand Photog Emily Alane. Once you see her stuff, you're going to want to hire her to shoot your engagement, wedding, baby or family pictures - pretty much anything you'd want to stick on a card and send to people to show them how great you're doing. She can capture it like no one else. 

Another one of the artists we asked to be part of this project (and he said yes!) is Paul Friedrich. Paul is really cool, local to Raleigh, and  known for his Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel "Onion Head Monster". You can Google him if you want. He is considered one of the artists and writers in the forefront of the LowDefPop art movement. Told you he's really cool. He's already done a t-shirt and bumper sticker design. Check it out. You want one, don't you? 

Hello ladies, this one's for you
Hello ladies, this one's for you
Gents, this one's for you.  (biceps not included)
Gents, this one's for you. (biceps not included)

Another artist we've engaged is Robert Ruehlman. He did the design for our last album. ALL BY HAND. It was really mind blowing to see that all those little pages came from posters that he created using amazing techniques and colors. Robert's work has been seen in the National Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian / Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Six of his books have been chosen for the American Institute of Graphic Arts 50 Best Books of the Year since 2002. He received a ARLIS/NA George Wittenborn Memorial Award for The Art of Richard Tuttle in 2004. His work has been included in the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2005. As if that wasn't enough, his stuff has also been published in the Type Directors Club Typography 26, Print Regional Design Annual 2006, the Adobe Proxy Interactive Design Magazine, and has been praised by critics in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. He's a badass and you can nab a piece of his original work that will go into this album from our rewards. 

Pages from first album designed by Robert Ruehlman
Pages from first album designed by Robert Ruehlman
Love, love, love the color in this one
Love, love, love the color in this one

So you're wondering who PLATW are? Check out a not too distant interview on NPR's The State of Things with Frank Stasio. This is audio only but totally worth a listen. The guys play 'Mary Anne' and 'Temptation' during the interview. Pretty sweet.

http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/Peter_Lamb_and_the_Wolves.mp3/view

The band has a huge Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill fan base and has been voted BEST JAZZ BAND IN THE TRIANGLE for two years in a row (2011, 2012) by the Independent Weekly.  

Here's what some others have been saying about PLATW.

"PLATW are a crack team of local jazz musicians that dig into stylish traditional jazz with such rich texture and vigor you’ll feel as if you’ve somehow stumbled into a side-street jazz bar in the 60s. Instrumental interplay is favored over virtuosic leads. A revolving door of piano, wind and rhythmic leads keeps things interesting as charming vocals organize the cuts into satisfying nuggets." -Jordan Lawrence of Shuffle Magazine

"Just listening to the no-boundaries, acoustic jazz quintet Peter Lamb and The Wolves, you might guess that it formed to celebrate Truman's inauguration, not Obama's. Called into existence in 2008 to play Humble Pie's presidential party, the band that resulted was just too good to leave be. Nowadays, living up to their fairy-tale namesakes, the Wolves peddle languid sophistication that is always a little bit dangerous. Their repertoire reaches back to New Orleans' earliest syncopaters but also forward to hipster bards like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits; a tango might trip on the heels of a French waltz or a Russian folk song. The Wolves are sought out by swing dancers, but their tenderer tunes make the perfect nightcap for late-night lovers." -Sylvia Pfeiffenberger of Indy Week

"Peter Lamb, saxophonist of Peter Lamb and the Wolves just wants to play music. Having assembled an All-Star lineup of local jazz greats to entertain his song arrangements, Lamb says this band is “my personality through music.”   The Wolves consist of vocalist (“a badass belter”) and keyboardist Mark Wells, Pete Kimosh on bass, Al Strong on trumpet, and drummer Steve Coffman.  Peter Lamb and the Wolves’ strength and appeal lie in the heart and soul of the music, not merely technical ability, and Lamb says that his songs are for every music lover, not only “jazz snobs.” - Scott O. of NewRaleigh.com

Ready to meet the band?

Peter Lamb
Peter Lamb
Photo of Peter Lamb taken by Annelies Gentile
Photo of Peter Lamb taken by Annelies Gentile

Peter Lamb could have quite possibly been born with a saxophone in his hand. While typically referred to as a jazz musician, Peter garners his inspiration from different genres and artists all over the world. He loves to play a sexy tango or a heart-wrenching waltz, an endearing ballad, a Russian folk song, a favorite childhood video game or comic book super hero theme song. On his personal playlist you will find music from Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Leonard Cohen, Mozart, Tom Waits, Thelonius Monk, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Pixies, The Beatles, Bob Dylan. The list could go on forever and will never stop growing. You can hear his eclectic tastes in the music he plays.

Peter Lamb and Al Strong - photo taken by Brad Habeeb
Peter Lamb and Al Strong - photo taken by Brad Habeeb

Peter Lamb and The Wolves has come a long way since that first performance for the Inauguration of President Obama in 2008. On January 21, 2013, the band will play the Tar Heel State Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Fort Myer’s Officers Club adjacent to the Arlington National Cemetery. They also played two nights at the DNC in Charlotte. I tell you, this band is going places.

2012 Democratic National Convention - Charlotte, NC
2012 Democratic National Convention - Charlotte, NC
Mark Wells
Mark Wells

Mark Wells has been an active part of the Triangle jazz scene for over 10 years. Currently, Mark is playing with the Jazz and NewOrleans R&B outfit, Peter Lamb and the Wolves. He is prominently featured on the Wolves self-titled debut album, which was released in December of 2010. The CD has gotten favorable national and local press.

Mark Wells
Mark Wells

When Mark isn't working with the Wolves or freelancing, He has a regular
group of his own, The Mark Wells Quartet, which specializes in blues and
americana. Aside from Jazz, Mark has backed up a wide range of local talent including Darren Jesse (Ben Folds Five), Mac McCaughan (Superchunk),  and Phonte (Little Brother). Mark was a founding member of Sankofa, an influential
hip-hop jazz group that released two albums and opened for the likes of the
Roots, Outkast, and Busta Rhymes. In 2009, Mark played a series of
concerts with the the Pointer Sisters and the NC Symphony.

Mark Wells can play guitar too! photo by Emily Alane
Mark Wells can play guitar too! photo by Emily Alane
Al Strong
Al Strong

Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at NCCU, Strong has been an up and coming artist in jazz. Strong is an alumnus and current adjunct professor at the widely acclaimed North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Studies program.

Al Strong
Al Strong

Strong has spent time on local jazz scenes in Chicago, D.C., and abroad; however, he still considers Durham to be one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the country, and as so made it his home. Strong’s vision is to stay true to whatever style or genre of music he is asked to present, while still honoring the integrity, and spirit of the elders/ancestors who sacrificed so much to see that good music would always have an audience.

Stephen Coffman
Stephen Coffman

Stephen Coffman has been destined to take charge behind the drum set since the age of 3 and he's done just that. Thanks to a very fertile and friendly music scene around the triangle, Stephen benefited from working along side of the many local heavyweights, frequenting an array of venues in the area. He has toured throughout the country in the world renown Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Who’s Bad and has taken the stage from New York to San Diego and everywhere in between.

Stephen Coffman
Stephen Coffman

Aside from local performance and recording work, Stephen is a dedicated music educator at Carrborro Music Studio, Cary School of Music and also teaches private lessons from his home in Durham. From private drum lessons to judging state Jazz band competitions, Stephen is just as comfortable on stage as he is in the classroom. He has performed workshops and clinics at schools and community centers throughout the country.  

Peter Kimosh
Peter Kimosh

Peter "The Flying Gypsyman" Kimosh is a bass player and Recording Engineer from Durham, NC. While deeply rooted in Jazz, he is well versed in many styles including Rock, Reggae, HipHop, Salsa, Orchestral, Gospel, and everything in between. This versatility has brought him too many places ranging from touring with orchestras in Italy to DPAC to the local corner spot.     Currently he plays with Peter Lamb and the Wolves, The Beast, and Orquesta GarDel, The Tim Smith Band and Shana Tucker.  

Pete Kimosh
Pete Kimosh
Picture of the band without bassist Pete Kimosh.  He was there in spirit.
Picture of the band without bassist Pete Kimosh. He was there in spirit.

Forgive the raw recording below.  Wondering if these guys know how to have fun?  Raise a glass and sing along. 

Just in case you needed one final nudge, the guy rescues kittens on the regular, and an occassional pup too.  How can you not like him?
Just in case you needed one final nudge, the guy rescues kittens on the regular, and an occassional pup too. How can you not like him?

If you were scratching your head a little and wondering if you were seeing things, don't worry, you do not need to adjust your monitor or prescription. We have had the awesome privilege to play with not just one amazing bassist, but two. In some of our older recordings you will hear George Knott on bass and bass saxophone and you will see him or hear him in some of the interviews or videos that we've done and posted here. George is a very dear friend to the band and childhood friend of Peter Lamb's. Upon occassion George still fills in when Kimosh can't play. George ran off and started his own band; a swing band called Atomic Rhythm Allstars. We totally scored in landing the talented 'Flying Gypsyman'. Either way, we win and so will you. 

Since most people are visual, we wanted to show what our rewards look like.  These do not have our graphics on them.  The graphic that we will use on all of them is the super cool Paul Friedrich logo.  So try to picture that.  We reviewed several different products and felt these were well made and would get good use, rather than just sit in the corner of someone's junk closet (we all have them :) ).

Paul Friedrich logo
Paul Friedrich logo
This is the pet accessory bag.  We will order the black one and put the Paul Friedrich logo on it.
This is the pet accessory bag. We will order the black one and put the Paul Friedrich logo on it.
This is the tri tone tote.  Again, picture it with the Paul Friedrich logo.
This is the tri tone tote. Again, picture it with the Paul Friedrich logo.
The Splendid water bottle
The Splendid water bottle
Picnic blanket
Picnic blanket
Vertical messenger bag with laptop sleeve (inside the bag)
Vertical messenger bag with laptop sleeve (inside the bag)

Below are several of John E. Mack's ties to give you an idea of how cool they are.

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Wow. The fact that you've made it this far means that you see the potential for a good thing and want to be a part of it. We cannot even tell you how humbled we are. We know that you work hard for your money and it's a big deal to give to a group of guys you may have never even met or heard of before. We can promise that we will work hard for your money too. We believe we have planned well for this and expect things to roll smoothly. Of course, there are several different people and elements involved in a project like this that could add possible delays. Not only do we want this album to sound awesome, which will mean time for recording, mastering and mixing but we also want it to look awesome, which means organzing, editing and printing. And then we have to make sure we have all appropriate rights for tunes someone else wrote.

We appreciate that you have faith in us to come through. We believe this is a partnership between you and us. That means that we will absolutely keep you informed along the way. If there are any delays or hiccups, you won't be left in the dark. Thank you so much for investing in our project!

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    Bootleg Bonus CD. Probably the coolest reward so far. This is a bootleg CD that features Peter Lamb and The Wolves performing with: Django Haskins and Mark Simonson of The Old Ceremony, Dave Wright from The Countdown Quartet, Mary Boone from the NC Symphony, Stephen Riley, Ed Stephonson, Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb from The Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sidecar Social Club, The Bullfrog Willard McGhee, and Bernie Petteway. Each CD will be handmade and unique! You'll also get the regular CD as soon as it's released along with the virtual love.

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    Specific to saxophone players, this reward gets you one private lesson with Peter Lamb. Skype lesson if you're out of town. Plus both the regular CD and a copy of the bootleg CD. (regular CD will be released after March but lesson and bootleg will be available ahead of time)

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    Concerts and picnics, oh my. This is absolutely perfect for concerts at the art museum, days at the beach, picnics in the rose garden; you get the idea. . . With this reward, you will receive a 50" x 52" picnic blanket with a cool PLATW design. The blanket is big enough for 2 and made of a super cozy fleece material. It has a water resistant backing and folds up in a compact easy-to-carry pack with fold-over flap. Bonus bootleg CD, regular CD, virtual happiness and bumper sticker are also included in this reward.

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    Robert Ruehlman's original art from the album design, handmade typographic paintings. Acrylic on newsprint. Size is about 10X13. Limited number available. Backers will choose which piece they want in order of donation. Will also receive the bootleg and regular CD, as well as the PLATW tote and bumper sticker.

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    The Dog Lover Reward. Wolf lovers can love dogs too and we're kinda loving this reward. Perfect for taking your pup anywhere. It's a pet accessory bag with the PLATW logo. Bag comes with 2 collapsible bowls for food and water, front pocket with hook-and-loop closure, side mesh pocket and a detachable zip case for storing treats or waste bags. You'll also get the bootleg bonus CD, physical CD and PLATW bumper sticker, plus the paw slap on our website.

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    The Jet Setter reward. In addition to both the bootleg and regular CD, you will receive a PLATW vertical messenger bag made of 600D polyester & 420D jacquard nylon. This bag is super handy and includes a front zippered pocket with organizer pockets, padded sleeve for up to 13" laptop, tablet or e-reader and large main zippered compartment. Unzip flat to expedite airport security check-in. A unique strap allows the bag to fit over the pull-up handle on your luggage and also has adjustable padded shoulder straps and top grab handle. (virtual love included)

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    Peter will make a custom ring using a vintage saxaphone key with mother of pearl set in solid silver. You can either send your size to him, if you know it, or stop by Marsh Woodwinds and have him take your ring size measurement. You will also receive the bootleg bonus CD, regular CD, tri-tone PLATW tote and bumper sticker.(ring can be made ahead of release of CD).

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    A perfect pair. Show someone you love you're thinking of them by sharing the gift of great music. This reward gets you two PLATW t-shirts, 2 tri tone totes, 2 PLATW water bottles, along with 2 bootleg and regular CDs, 2 bumper stickers and virtual gratitude. Whew. Try reading that 10 times fast.

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    With this reward you will receive a one of a kind, hand made, wooden bow tie by John E. Mack. Each tie is totally unique and takes about 8 hours to make. Not only will you get the bow tie, but you will also receive a matching pocket square, both of which come attached to a beautiful piece of wood so you can display your artful tie when you're not wearing it. You will also receive both CDs (bootleg and standard). If you wish to receive the tie before the CD is released, we can get it to you early. It's your preference.

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    Your name will be listed in the physical copy of the CD under our kudos section and you will get both the bootleg CD, a CD signed by the band and personalized to you, t-shirt, tri tone tote and bumper sticker and the virtual gratitude is a given.

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    Dinner with the Lambs and whichever Wolves are available. We are definitely putting your name on the CD, with gratitude, and of course you'll receive a personalized copy along with the bootleg. In addition, we invite you and a guest to come over to the Lamb's home one evening for dinner and a hang. Peter and Jessica love to cook and are actually pretty good at it. We'll discuss dinner arrangements ahead of time in case you or your plus one have any dietary restrictions.

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    Private trio performance with Peter, Mark and your choice between bass or drums. You'll also get a personalized CD, bootleg CD and your name will be listed under the gratitude section on our CD. We'll bring along some bumper stickers for your guests. (Backer to provide food, lodging, and travel expenses for concerts further than 50 miles from the Raleigh/Durham area)

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    PLATW will play a private party for you and your friends. You'll also get a personalized CD, bootleg CD and your name will be listed under the gratitude section on our CD. We'll bring along some bumper stickers for your guests.(Backer to provide food, lodging, and travel expenses for concerts further than 50 miles from the Raleigh/Durham area)

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